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This Wednesday, we will be having our prayer meeting and Bible study at the Pastor’s home in Novato, 726 Bradley Ave, Novato. Directions – 330-340-9413. We will continue to have the service here on our web page along with the audio.

PRAYER

Our most gracious Heavenly Father, we thank You for allowing us to come into Thy presence and bring our prayers and petitions. Thank You, Lord, for being so understanding of our needs. Thank You for being so powerful that You can meet all our needs. And thank You for loving us in spite of our failures.
Lord, bless our worship this evening. May Jesus Christ be praised, and may our hearts be warmed by Thy Word and Thy Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


CHORUS

MY SINS ARE GONE

Gone, Gone, Gone! Yes, my sins are gone.
Now my soul is free, and in my heart’s a song;
Buried in the deepest sea, Yes, that’s good enough for me;
I shall live eternally, Praise God! My sins are gone!
(repeat)


Hymn

JESUS, I AM RESTING, RESTING

(Played by Pat)





Jesus, I am resting, resting in the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee, and Thy beauty fills my soul;
For by Thy transforming power, Thou hast made me whole.

Jesus, I am resting resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.

Oh, how great Thy loving kindness, Vaster, broader than the sea!
Oh, how marvelous Thy goodness, Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved, Knowing what wealth of grace is Thine,
Know Thy certainty of promise, and have made it mine.

Jesus, I am resting resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless, Satisfies my heart;
Satisifies its deepest longings, Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings; Thine is love indeed!

Jesus, I am resting resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.

Ever lift Thy face upon me, As I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ‘neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus, Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory, Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting, fill me with Thy grace.

Jesus, I am resting resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.

 

Audio Message:

August 12th, 2020: Pastor Ed


Text Message:

Psalm 40:1-8

This evening, we return to Psalm 40. We left off at verse 5. We’ll continue with verses 6 thru 8.This psalm is about David and his needs and how the Lord met them. No matter what our troubles or trials, it’s always good to look back and recall the goodness of the Lord. David remembered how long he had to wait before the Lord delivered him from his troubles, but the day did come when God delivered him. David had learned that ultimate success depends on faith in the Lord and patience during trials.

We began by seeing David’s conviction found in verses 1 thru 5. It was David’s unwavering conviction that sooner or later God always comes through on behalf of His own. First, we saw the reason for David’s conviction. (Psa. 40:1-3a) His reason for this conviction was based solidly on his own personal experience. He gave us his own testimony. He related that God heard him. He wrote, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” (v. 1)

He also relates that God helped him. He wrote, “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set me feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.” (v. 2-3a)
Second, we saw the result of David’s conviction in verses 3b-5. David becomes a soul winner, a great witness for the Lord. David wrote, “Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” (v. 3b-4)
David also became a worshiper. He wrote further, “Many, O Lord my God, are Thy wonderful works which Thou hast done, and Thy thoughts which are to us-ward (toward us): they cannot be reckoned up in order unto Thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” (v. 5)

Picking up where we stopped last Wed night, we continue by seeing David’s consecration in verses 6 thru 8. David has moved from the pit to the rock, and now he goes to the sanctuary of God. After all the Lord had done for David, how could he express to the Lord his appreciation for His mercies? He could bring sacrifices to the altar, but that wasn’t God’s first desire. Worship should always result in a fresh surrender to the Lord. This is the natural response of thankfulness – devotion results in dedication. A fresh commitment to the Lord should always result from time spent contemplating our immeasurable indebtedness to the Lord.

First, we see the truth realized in David’s life. He writes, “Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of men, I delight to do Thy will, O my God.” (v. 6-7) David realized two very important truths, rarely grasped even today. The first was the truth concerning the sacrifices. David’s mind ran over the sacrificial religious system demanded by the Mosaic Law. He used four Hebrew words to sum it up. The word “sacrifice” was a general term for all the communion-type offerings. The word for “offering” was used for the meal offering. The word for the “burnt offering” depicted the precious sweet-savor offering which spoke so eloquently of Christ. The word for “sin offering” spoke of those sacrifices which dealt with all the dreadfulness of the human condition. All of these were fulfilled in Jesus Christ once and for all, for time and eternity. (Lev. 1-7; Heb. 10:1-17)

David entered fully into the truth concerning ritual. He saw that, even though the sacrifices themselves spoke of Christ, they were inefficient and inadequate. Worse, these very sacrifices could be abused. People just going through the motions. We have the same today. Calvary has swept away all the sacrifices and offerings of the Old Testament but we still have two ordinances which Christ left for His church – baptism and the Lord’s Supper. There are those who imagine that, because they have been baptized or have put in an appearance at the Lord’s Table, they have thereby discharged all their spiritual obligations or have received salvation. David saw through all that, summed up all the ritualistic sacrifices, then wrote off sacrifice without sincerity and ritual without reality of worthless.

Second, we see the truth concerning reality. David wrote in verse 6, “Mine ears hast Thou opened.” That is how he himself had come to this great realization. God had opened his understanding to hear the truth of the Word. The word “opened” means “to dig or bore.” That’s how deaf we are. God, so to speak, actually has to dig and bore into our ears before He can get His mighty Word to penetrate our thick heads. The truth, however, had finally penetrated David’s soul. At last he understood that the sacrifices and offerings, even the burnt offerings and sin offerings, had symbolic value only. They simply pointed to Calvary and, even when that was understood, they were still of little value unless the implications of Calvary transformed the life into one of obedience.

The word “opened” conveys another great truth. The boring of the ear was something with which every Hebrew would be familiar. (Ex. 21:1-6; Deut. 15:12-18). On the day of Jubilee in Israel, all Hebrew slaves were to be set free. Here is a slave, however, who loves his master; bondage to such a master was freedom indeed and freedom from him would be wretchedness. So he declares, “I love my master . . . I will not go out free.” His master then leads him to a post. His ear is put against the post and pierced through with an awl. From then on he is a marked man – he bears in his body the slavebrand of his master. He has become a voluntary slave for life – one whose ear was to listen henceforth to the master’s voice and whose life was pledged to his service. This was the truth concerning reality to which David points. Calvary, properly understood, makes us the bondslave of Jesus Christ. We become a person with “a bored ear,” with no will of our own. Thus David, in describing his consecration, tells of truth realized in his life.

And third, we see truth reproduced in his life. He wrote, “I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart.” (v. 8) The Holy Spirit picks up this whole passage and applies it all to Christ in the book of Hebrews. For Jesus was God’s perfect sacrifice. He was the One who came expressly to do God’s will, who did nothing else but that will, who alone could say, “I do always those things that please the Father.” He it was who prayed in dark Gethsemane: “Not My will but Thine be done.” He it was who became “obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Whatever consecration David knew was but a feeble flicker of a candle’s flame when compared with the burning fire of obedience which blazed in the soul of Jesus.

PRAYER

Lord, bless Thy Word to our hearts, and may we be comforted in times of troubles and trials. May we not forget that You hear and answer prayer. Your time is not our time, but You know our needs and will not neglect Your children.
Holy Spirit. guide us as we pray. In Jesus name, Amen.

Prayers / Praises

Pastor Ed and Connie:

Connie's brother's health 
Barbara Avendano: body aches. Chris Anderson who wrote the hymn "His Robes for Mine" is a friend of ours from Ohio, has the virus. Also his daughter has the virus. Prayers for the family. 
Also the church he's pastor of in Georgia. 
 Evangelist Bill Hall & wife Shirley. He's in ICU with COVID & wife at home test positive. We have had them at our church in Ohio, so good friends.

John Lawrence: (International Board of Jewish Missions): Jewish friend, Harry Lakow, COVID: sadly died on Friday after kidney problems. Had many a witness from many people, But no clear indication that he ever trusted Christ. But we will not know until heaven.

Diana: Praise God for how he keeps us with good health in the middle of this pandemic. He is wonderful. 
Prayers: for my friend Delmi who is very sick, cold and flu symptoms since Saturday.Talked to her on the phone, she feels very bad, hoping she doesn’t have COVID-19 

Toby:

Toby will have surgery on Thursday this week.

Tom/Michelle:
Praises: Safe travel. For God’s protection and provisions. Joe and Anita for providing me with a place for couple of days,  and my co workers and producers. Am so blessed and grateful for the blessings of having great friends and beautiful houses to stay in.
Praying for my proposals to be done, quotes on time and meet deadline. I have meetings on Monday.

Ray/Neva:

Neva is better. Eating good but very tired.

Paul/Barbara Atherton:

Paul told Joe Barbara is a little better. For increasing appetite and strength for her. Keep praying for him as he is the caregiver..

Joe:

Praise: Wonderful time with Michelle's visit. Thankful for Matt's music. Our outdoor service and the volunteers that make it safe.
Prayer: Sister Lydia's blood pressure still wildly fluctuating. Nadine's, Toby's and Pat's healing. Protection for our outdoor services. Church services in our Nation remain safe.

Karen:

My Aunt Charlene, now in stage 4 cancer. My Mom is still the same, worries that she will be the last of her 6 sisters alive soon. She didn't want to be the last.

Pat:

Praises. I made it! Our Tomato plants going off! Wow! Kids doing amazing stuff for us.
Prayers: That teachers can work from home in spite of some parents ready to file for a waiver. For a new caregiver. Pat’s health.

Anita:

Praises: God is good. Fun time with Michelle here.
Prayer: Protection for our church. For Michelle’s safety in her workplace. Let's remember Tom who is "Home Alone" with the dogs.

 

Closing Hymn:

A SHELTER IN THE TIME OF STORM

(Played by Pat)




The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide, A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide, A shelter in the time of storm.

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A weary land, A weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night, A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes affright, A shelter in the time of storm.

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A weary land, A weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat, A shelter in the time of storm;
We’ll never leave our safe retreat, A shelter in the time of storm.

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A weary land, A weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear, A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our helper ever near, A shelter in the time of storm.

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A weary land, A weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A shelter in the time of storm.


PRAYER

Lord, like David, help us to look back and see Your wonderful hand guiding and directing our lives.Father God, as Your child, we know for certain that You will provide and protect us today, tomorrow and forever. May we live our lives accordingly and hide this wonderful truth in our hearts. In Your Son’s name we pray. Amen.